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The governing body of Shelby County consists of a Fiscal Court, elected to serve a four year term. The Court is comprised of the County Judge Executive, elected at large by residents of the entire county, and seven magistrates, elected by residents of their corresponding district​.

The Kentucky Constitution of 1891 gave the name "Fiscal Court" to the body in each county that would act as that county's government. In Shelby County, the Fiscal Court is composed of a County Judge/Executive and seven County Magistrates. Each member of the Fiscal Court serves a 4-year term. The title "County Judge/Executive" is a blending of the past and the present, going back to the time when the person elected to this position also presided over judicial proceedings. Although those responsibilities were transferred to Kentucky's court system in 1978, the title remained.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Request to be Placed on the Fiscal Court Agenda

All requests to be placed on the Fiscal Court Agenda must be made in writing using the following form. Requests must be received no later than 3 pm the Thursday prior to the Fiscal Court Meeting. Those requests placed on the agenda will have a maximum of 3 minutes to speak.

Request Form


Where: Regularly scheduled meetings are held at the Courthouse at 501 Main Street in Shelbyville.

When: Twice a month: the first and third Tuesday. The first Tuesday meeting is held in the evening at 6:30 PM. The third Tuesday meeting begins at 10 AM.